Open Source Community Leitstand Launched To Addresses Next Generation Carrier Operations

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  • Leitstand will increase the efficiency of producing, maintaining and enhancing carriers’ operational tools and processes by providing the operational toolset on an open-source basis
  • It will be freely available to any operator, equipment vendor and systems integrator

Network operators, integrators, and software vendors have joined hands to create an open-source community named Leitstand. It aims to increase the efficiency of developing, buying and running network management systems for next-generation carrier networks.

It will provide the tools needed to operate the underlying infrastructure in a disaggregated telecoms network. This will include zero-touch provisioning of infrastructure, inventory management, operational visibility of network elements, alarm monitoring, fault diagnosis and software version management.

Any operator, equipment vendor and systems integrator

The Leitstand toolset will be provided in an open-source model. It will be freely available to any operator, equipment vendor and systems integrator. Initial contributors to the Leitstand initiative include Deutsche Telekom, EWE TEL, Reply, and RtBrick.

Hannes Gredler, founder and chief technology officer at RtBrick said, “In the past, equipment providers developed bespoke management systems to assist carriers in operating their networks. Although common protocols and interfaces emerged, these tools were usually optimized for the vendors’ own equipment. This resulted in inefficient use of development resources within equipment vendors and complex integration challenges for carriers operating multi-vendor networks.”

Open-source basis

It is said that Leitstand will increase the efficiency of producing, maintaining, and enhancing carriers’ operational tools and processes by providing the operational toolset on an open-source basis. Tools will be made available at no charge to other operators and system integrators.

Robert Soukup, senior program manager at Deutsche Telekom said, “Now, developers can focus more effort on solving higher-value problems, rather than ‘reinventing the wheel’ for every system element. A wider pool of developers also means a deeper pool of ideas, with the most innovative solutions bubbling up to the top.”

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